I talk to my sister multiple times a day, every day, for as long as we have been able to talk. And today I learned something I had never known: we both are suckers for books set in Appalachia. Is there a term for this specific genre? Because I’ve read quite a few books that take place in West Virginia / Virginia / Tennessee, and have fallen in love with every one. I’m not sure what it is about them – the folksy romanticized small town setting? The strong women portrayed in the story? The memory of road trips growing up through the mountains? Who knows.
Mine is a toss up, between Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, or Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith. But, I think I’ll have to choose Fair and Tender Ladies, because not only is it set in Appalachia, but it’s also told through a series of letters, which is my other favorite sub-genre. Appalachia + Epistolary = WIN.